For whatever reason, I've found it necessary to get the house in order since the semester ended. Thankfully Chad has had a similar desire. Lots of stuff gets put on the back burner during the times we're both teaching, especially since I've been teaching a night class all year. And, you can forget anything non-mandatory getting done during the crunch of finals. It's easier than when I was taking finals, sure, but now I have two deadlines: 1) write an exam and 2) grade exams and turn in final grades. Still, I prefer this to taking them.
But, I digress. This post was/is supposed to be about our crazy burst of energy around the house. Some of it is stuff that we have to do (i.e., the limbs from our neighbor's tree that are hanging over our house MUST be cut if we want to keep our home owner's insurance), but some of it is just stuff that we think will make our lives easier in the long run. Chad's been negotiating with insurance companies and thinks that switching the car insurance to the same folks we have our home policy with will save us some money. I've canned jam (the second batch with his help, which makes it SO much more fun). We've both cleaned out closets and taken stuff to Goodwill. We've gone through many, many paper stacks that were threatening to take over our house (though we are FAR from finished with this task). And, we got our front yard looking like someone cares about it. All good things.
BUT, perhaps the things we're both most excited about (at least, I think he's excited about it too) are two google documents (thanks Christy for re-introducing me to this wonderful tool!) that promise to make our lives easier. The most important is a document that outlines our daily "chores." I don't know about you, but I get overwhelmed by housework. It feels never-ending and I let it pile up and then I don't want to do anything, which makes it worse. SO, I divided up the tasks throughout the week. There are some things that must be done everyday or most days (e.g., make C's lunch, wash the dishes, make the bed), but most stuff just gets assigned one day (e.g., sweep the floors, change the sheets). So far, I love it. Mostly because I thrive with a schedule. I did laundry tonight because the schedule told me today was laundry day. And, after I'd done the laundry I didn't feel guilty because there's dust on the furniture. The dust will have its day soon. I know that sounds silly, but it works for me. I crave the order and am loving it so far.
The other document lists things that we'd like to do around the house. It's broken up into different categories such as rearranging, decorating, and most pressing. And, for now there's a category for things that I want to do before C's b'day party if at all possible. I like it because it gives us some definite goals and because it lets us keep a centralized list that both of us can add to and edit. As an added bonus, I hope that it will help us with our budgeting. If we are saving for a particular thing (energy efficient windows, a new shower in our bathroom, etc.), maybe we'll (though I know it's mostly me!) think twice about some of our unneccessary purchases. That's the goal anyway.
Now all I need is a way to break up my dissertation. I need a schedule and not one that just says "write 1 page today." Seriously I'm overwhelmed again. I have far too many chapters started and not enough direction to complete them. But, I can't talk about that right now. Not yet. Maybe soon, but not today. Today I feel happy that we have some family/house plans. And, while that's a little thing, it sure is nice.